Venice Mestre, Milan, Vicenza, Perugia and Rome are the places that host artists, architects, photographers and exhibition curators unmissable for this month

The photography of Edward Burtynsky inaugurates the journey through the exhibitions of the month with its colored fields, almost terrestrial macros which then, when looked at more carefully, reveal the landscape of the contemporary world, the modified one (and polluted) by the industrial system.

The monographic exhibition in Venezia Mestre showcases 40 years of the photographer's career, with some high-tech surprises (such as an immersive room). To remain in the photographic field, but to reveal a decidedly different use from this is the exhibition that will open on June 14th in Milan dedicated to the studio Ballo+Ballo, photographers who are brilliant in describing Italian design by making it their studio a creative hotbed for the Lombardy capital (and now narrated with the video installations of Studio Azzurro).

Milan also hosts a very curious exhibition dedicated to Gae Aulenti: it is the first time she has been remembered with a monograph. His long professional history is therefore told at the Triennale, where the public will be able to immerse themselves in the creations of the Milanese architect (and travel inside them).

To stay on the architectural theme, you need to go to Rome, where Villa Medici, home of the French Academy, hosts the third edition of festival des Cabanes: six temporary architectures occupy the gardens of the villa, ready to host the public.

Finally, the imagination in two exhibitions. The first deals with giving body and space to light and movement under the concept of a fantastic city (in Vicenza); the second instead is dedicated to the relationship between man and nature from the 60s of the last century until today through the selection of the works of 13 artists (in Perugia). Have a good trip!

Burtynsky: Extraction /Abstraction, M9 - Museo del '900, Venezia Mestre from 21st June to January 12, 2025

The Canadian artist Edward Burtynksy has dedicated his life to documenting the environmental impact that the industrial system has had (and continues to have) on the environment and now his photographs arrive in Mestre in an exhibition anthology that narrates40 years of explorationaround the world. His gaze is unmistakable because it captures the public in large colorful compositions, at first not decipherable as landscapes, but rather as chromatic abstractions which then reveal themselves as details of a modified, anthropized or violated nature from industrial intervention.

The natural world is observed through macros that seem to recall the idea of ​​analysis under a microscope. Then we will discover intensive agriculture, energy infrastructures, mining, the effects of ecosystem pollution and the extraordinary quantity of non-disposable waste that we accumulate. The exhibition itinerary is divided into six sections, including a very recent work on the effects of Xylella on Apulian olive trees and the award-winning immersive multimedia projection In the Wake of Progress.

Who will like it: photography enthusiasts and those who care about the planet.
Useful information: M9. Museo del 900, via G. Pascoli 11, Venezia Mestre, open from Tuesday to Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 7pm; closed on Monday.

Gae Aulenti 1927-2012, Triennale, Milan, until 12 January 2025

It is the first time that Gae Aulenti has been remembered in a large monographic exhibition and to do so is the Triennale di Milano, the place that saw the debut of the Milanese architect only to see her later rewarded with the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement for her contribution to Italian architecture, almost 60 years later.

To create this exhibition in collaboration with the Gae Aulenti archive, the curators Giovanni Agosti, Nina Artioli and < strong>Nina Bassoli have thought of a spectacular setup created by Tspoon.

With a very specific choice: to narrate Aulenti's human and professional story, his relationship with architecture and the intersections with other arts, with culture and with politics. Not a simple chronological intervention to unravel his long career, but a sampling of different types of projects (exhibition and museum installations, private homes, showrooms, subway stations, theater scenes...), to create a sequence of environments that fit together to convey to the visitor the meaning of a life.

We begin with Arrival at the sea, from 1964, an award-winning work created with silhouettes of Picasso's women reflected in the mirrors in a playful and holiday-like greeting to the summer to arrive to the small airport project for Perugia in 2011, in a journey as long as the intensity of Gae Aulenti's planning.

Who will like it: those who love architecture and those who want to be surprised by unexpected exhibition setups.
Useful information: Triennale, viale Alemagna 6, Milan, open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 8pm.

The fantastic city, personal exhibition by Piero Fogliati, Atipografia, Arzignano, Vicenza, until September 14

Artists of all types and from all eras have fantasized about the concept of the city, this time we are dealing with the visionary sculptures of Piero Fogliati, utopias in the physical form of an idea. His fantastic city is in fact an urban planning project in which each work interacts with a natural element and stages a particular constructive wisdom to give the public a particular sensorial experience.

There are screws, bolts, glass ampoules and light sculptures, but also projectors and ropes that represent the movement of light to describe a multisensory city in an imaginative form.

Who will like it: enthusiasts of kinetic art and mechanical and scientific experiments
Useful information: Atipografia, piazza Campo Marzio 26, Arzignano (Vicenza), open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am - 1pm and 3.00pm - 7.30pm.

NATURE/UTOPIA: art between ecology, reuse and future, Fondazione Perugia, Perugia, until November 3

The curator Marco Tonelli takes us to the legendary republic of Utopia, imagined and described in the story of the same name by Thomas More , 16th century philosopher and humanist. His utopia was a possible world, connected to reality but also independent which in this exhibition is represented by contemporary art.

Territory of the possible note which this time narrates man's relationship with nature in a selection of 13 artists who reflect on ecology, sustainability and reuse. Coming from all over the world and from different historical periods, the artists bring to the stage works from the 70s and 80s of the last century (such as Ugo La Pietra, Piero Gilardi and Gianfranco Baruchello) but also antecedents such as that of Giuseppe > Penone.

The journey continues until today with Giuliana Cunéaz who uses artificial intelligence or Pascale Marthine Tayou, an artist from Cameroon, who works with the reuse of still new colored plastic bags, as if to avoid and freeze their consumption in the work of 'art... there are 13 suggestions, all to be discovered.

Who will like it: those who love finding new expressive languages.
Useful information: Perugia Foundation, Palazzo Baldeschi al Corso, via Vannucci 66, Perugia, open from Tuesday to Friday 3pm - 7.30pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 7.30pm.

Cabanes Festival. Contemporary architecture in historic gardens, Villa Medici, Rome, until 29 September

There are six creations on display in the park of Villa Medici, all strictly made of wood and furniture, designed to answer the central questions of the festival: how do you think of non-invasive architectural forms? And what are the possible sustainable housing forms for the future? The possible answers come from ane architecture, Manuel Bouzas, Campo & Diploma 20 Architectural Association, Huttopia, LAMÉCOL et pratique architecture & fanum architecture, who scattered them, in the form of huts, in the gardens, available to the public.

For example, we come across a hut near the umbrella pines, which invites visitors to take refuge there, perhaps with a book; a pavilion inspired by classical Roman architecture placed next to ancient remains; a tribute to Bramante in the form of a small temple, in which wood and fabric are intertwined; a small study that subverts the codes of a cozy environment.

The ensemble is completed by two housing prototypes: an emergency space that can be assembled and dismantled in less than 15 minutes, and an energy-sufficient shelter with variable heights. Two of the projects were selected in collaboration with the Festival des cabanes des Sources du Lac d'Annecy, partner of the Villa Medici Festival.

Who will like it: enthusiasts of temporary architecture that integrates with nature and has a reduced environmental impact.
Useful information: French Academy - Villa Medici, viale della Trinità dei Monti 1, Rome, open every day from 10am to 7pm.

Ballo+Ballo. Photography and design in Milan, 1956-2005, Castello Sforzesco, from 14 June to 3 November

The idea for this exhibition was born from a donation, to be precise the one that Mariarosa Toscani Ballo made of the archive of the photographic studio Ballo + Ballo, or rather of her life's work together with her husband Aldo Ballo.

Their studio was an extraordinary place of meeting and discussion between artists, designers and architects, frequented by people such as Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni, Enzo Mari, Bruno Munari, Gae Aulenti, Cini Zucchi and the Ballos worked with the most important companies, from Olivetti to Zanotta, from B&B Italia to Venini. And their images were published in all the most important magazines of the time, but they also contributed to consecrating Made in Italy by signing the photographs in the catalog of the now legendary exhibition at the MoMa in New York in 1972 with the title Italy: The New Domestic Landscape (edited by Emilio Ambasz).

All this is on display at the Castello Sforzesco along an exhibition itinerary that aims to tell the story of Ballo's photographs, but also the role that the studio had and the atmosphere that could be felt there in those years. Perfect accomplices are the creatives of Studio Azzurro who, with their video installations, dialogue with the objects and photographs on display to narrate the Ballo+Ballo world. Over one hundred photographs together with some design objects on loan from the ADI Design Museum and from the Applied Art Collections of the Castello Sforzesco complete the exhibition itinerary, together with objects belonging to the two photographers to recompose a creative world to be explored.

Who will like it: those who love photography and design, those who love to immerse themselves in archives
Useful information: Castello Sforzesco, Piazza Castello, Milan, open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5.30pm.